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Gauging research interest among New Zealand senior medical students
  1. Yassar Alamri1,
  2. Ibrahim Al-Busaidi2
  1. 1Department of Medicine, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand
  2. 2Department of General Medicine, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yassar Alamri, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand; yassar.alamri{at}

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Several previous studies have described a number of benefits of medical students’ involvement in research and scholarly activities.1 The number of students who actually engage in such activities, however, remains relatively low.1 2 We have previously surveyed preclinical medical students in New Zealand about their interest in research.3 The aim of the present study, therefore, was to assess whether the level of research interest differs in senior medical students.

A paper-form questionnaire was handed out to medical students in their clinical phase (4th and 5th years) at the University of Otago, Christchurch, during their weekly didactic teaching. Out of 210 students, the questionnaire was returned by 65 (corresponding to a response rate of 31%). A total of 23 students were male (35.4%). The median age was …

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